Needs To Be Said...
While Romney looks the part of a strong leader in a still photograph, if you really watch him, he is weak. He does not project strength in leadership, opinion, or determination. He projects sensitivity and weakness. That is not strong leadership. That is the result of too many focus groups and an attempt to appeal to liberal women.
Obama speaks in a way that makes people to want to listen to what he has to say. Romney speaks in a way that makes you want to roll your eyes and change the channel. From his goofy grin while listening to Obama during the debates, to tilting his head to one side or the other while speaking to a crowd, he looks soft and weak.
That will not inspire people to follow him. I think that is evident with the results last night.
Romney got 50% of the vote because people felt they had no other choice. I can almost guarantee you, 75% of the vote he got were votes against Obama, not votes FOR him. This is the result of his projected weakness.
Agree or disagree with any of that? Doesn't matter. That's the past. Now I will get to the future.
This country was founded on rugged individualism drenched in a quest for liberty, not sensitivity drenched in a quest for help. We need to get back to strength. Strength of character born through struggle and hard work.
We cannot expect to win on a national level with a platform of offering a sensitive ear to those in need of help. Americans want to work. They want to succeed. They want strong leadership. We were born through rebellion, not respectful dialogue with a non-threatening tone. Born through conflict and guts, not group hugs and therapy sessions. Our chosen leadership should reflect that history.
We need an individual. One not afraid to get pissed off. One that speaks with conviction based in their core beliefs of honor, strength and patriotism. He's needs to have intellect and history; A history of struggle. Someone who maybe put themselves through college, worked summers on a farm maybe. Someone who had to deal with the problems that every day Americans have. Someone that had to drive a 10 year old car, always wondering if it would start on a winter morning. Someone that had to have a few Ramen Noodle dinners while struggling to pay the bills.
But most of all, he's gotta get away from the idea that government is the solution to the human condition. He needs to inspire people to want to do better for themselves rather than look to him to provide them with a job, a phone, and a car. He's got to be able to show, through his own back story, that they too can lift themselves up.
I think whomever this person is, they need to get away from this social authoritarian agenda with the opposition to gay marriage and abortion. Abortion is never going to go away. It's just not. We had the most Evangelical President in the last century with control of both the House and the Senate and it didn't go away. Speak against that personal choice, but don't make it a cornerstone of the platform. If we're going to compete with the hard left shift this country is taken, that is one thing that is going to have to change in the Republican Party. This notion that Government should be telling Free People how to live their lives.
I think whomever this person is, they're going to need to recognize that people should be Free to marry whomever they choose. Homosexuality is a reality in this world. These people exist. We can't keep wishing they'd just go away and be quiet. They're not going to. And they shouldn't have to. Republicans need to come to that realization and the leadership needs to lead them to that realization. We cannot win if we insist on excluding people. We need people. And across the board, people are more and more accepting of homosexuality. If we exclude those that accept it, we're cutting our own throats. We need to realize that within the broad blanket of Freedom, we have to be able to share the warmth of that blanket with those we don't necessarily agree with. That's just a modern reality.
I think whomever this person is, they need to they need to stop catering to the rich. Instead, they need to focus on inspiring others to create their own wealth. Focus on the idea that wealth is truly the only cure for poverty. Convey the message that we can all succeed on our own terms if we dedicate ourselves to it. Constantly harping on tax cuts for those that have already done it does not inspire people. It just creates and expectation of help from big Government.
Government should not be telling people how to live their lives. That is a core conservative belief that will always remain popular. Part of the problem with the Republican Party is, that's exactly what they want to do. They want to tell you how to live your life and America is rejecting it more and more.